Conserving land along our waterways protects important habitat and helps keep our rivers healthy, clean, and more resilient to drought. Riparian Protection projects conserve and restore fresh and saltwater habitat while protecting fish habitat. In doing so, the grants help provide our families, farms, and fisheries with clean water across the state.
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust will use this grant to purchase 393 acres along Crockett Lake. Crockett Lake is located on Whidbey Island in Ebey’s Landing Reserve, a unit of the National Park Service, and is nationally recognized as a critically important coastal wetland system. Approximately 95 percent of the property to be acquired is riparian habitat, resulting in nearly the entire wetland system being protected. The project will also include removal of invasive plant species and restoration activities to enhance the wetland values present on the site.